This according to an older, progressive, flaming liberal, hippy San Francisco area couple who happen to be the epitome of the PC movement, and quite possibly the lamest people on the planet.
Flashback to Sunday Night Football September 15th, where the Seattle Seahawks hosted their division rival the San Francisco 49er’s, and what turned out to be an epic battle of possibly the two most physical teams in the league right now. Both teams struggled against the opposing defense, and points were very hard to come by. The game was also the season opener for Century Link Field, the fans were already rabid, and are well known as the NFL’s version of the 12th Man. Dating back to the days when the Seahawks were in the AFC, playing in the Kingdome, the young, enthusiastic and incredibly loud fanbase built a reputation to opposing offenses, that you better have your hand signals and silent counts polished, because you were going to need them the entire game. To make the crowd noise even more of a focal point for this particular game, the Guiness Book of World Records were on hand to register the volume and see if a record could be broken, which actually was broken twice during the game. You could tell the noise was definitely a factor as Colin Kaepernick was seen screaming in his huddle to his teammates who were bunched in a super-tight huddle. In other words, exactly what every team hopes happens to their opponents, when they’re on offense during a game.
Not according to San Francisco residents Judy Spelman and Rich Schiller, the authors of the following Letter to the Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Remember, this is an actual letter published in a newspaper.
Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?
It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.
At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.
Judy Spelman & Rich Schiller
So according to these guys, it is Unsportsmanlike Conduct to cheer loudly for your team. In fact the players become “juiced” with the noise and I guess become almost superhuman, and gain strength and dexterity points like video game characters…or something. Yea, can you imagine the day that Pete Carrol, calls a press conference so he can ask the 12’s to “cease and desist” such a horrid display of unfairness to the visiting team. Maybe I’m going overboard, maybe the letter isn’t being read correctly…luckily the couple also did a radio interview with Seattle’s KIRO Radio Station. Let’s listen.
It’s supposed to be a fair and level playing field in all aspects of the game whether your team is playing at home or on the road according to these two. There should be no advantage for either team. Where does it end? Seattle notoriously has issues on the road with East Coast games. According to these protectors of fairness, the games should never start for them until 1pm pst, which of course would be 4pm games while on the east Coast. What about open stadiums and domes? One team may be more used to playing in harsh weather or dealing with wind than the other…unfair. The Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning, arguably the best QB in the game today…that’s not very fair if they have to play the Browns who happen to be starting relatively unknown Brain Hoyer who happens to be their 3rd string QB. The Broncos should have to start their 3rd string QB as well…in the name of fairness.
You know how I know these people are batshit crazy…Rich is a pharmacist, podiatrist and homeopath and works as a podiatrist with the Coastal Health Alliance in Point Reyes Station, California, and loves to paint, and quietly watch football. His lovely, yet equally batshit crazy wife, whom by the way has kept her own name, despite being married, y’know cuz woman power, is an avid Barack Obama supporter and loves socialized health care, and her 49er’s #1 Foam Finger, which she keeps packed discretely away in her special “toy” drawer.. They’re in their 60’s, and it’s horrible to say, but that baby boom hippy generation have been the worse thing to ever happen to this country. Their parents were hardcore and lived through WW2 and somehow, absolutely failed raising the next generation. That’s another rant for a later date…but for now, look at these hoodlums. They need to be stopped. Others are trying to enjoy the game too.